Apathy in Indian Country Cuts Both Ways
By Harold A. Monteau
There's no demand for justice because we've painted minorities as greedy, evil savages who don't deserve human consideration. "They" want our money, jobs, even our very freedom, we tell each other. Healthcare reform, illegal immigration, and mosque building are all part of "their" insidious plans to turn the US into a Mexican/Kenyan/Muslim/socialist/communist state.
This is the message people are sending every time they cheer an Indian mascot or wear a hipster headdress. "Indians are people of the past! We conquered them! We're part of the white power structure and you're not! We 'honor' you by publicly showcasing our superiority!"
For more on the subject, see Obama Fights Negative Stereotypes and Bigots Protest Brown-Skins on 9/11.
Below: "We can pretend to be savage Indians because we're civilized white people!"